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craniosacral therapy

somato-emotional release

emotional freedom technique

shamanic practices

Salt Spring Craniosacral Therapy is here to help you find balance in a complex world.
You will receive supportive hands on guidance to :
1. Reduce tension in your nervous system.
2. Unwind/untangle residue from injuries and traumas held in your body.
3. Negotiate and resolve inner conflicts of fear, guilt, anger, sadness, loss, hatred, love, frustration and the like.
4. Reduce pain and increase function in the body.
5. Amplify positive energies of peace, calm, love, confidence, connection, grounding, allowing, contentment, and joy.
6. Gain insight by conversing with inner wisdom, significant people including ancestors, pets, power animals, angels and other helpers, as well as your own heart , all body parts, younger versions of yourself, and possibly other lifetimes and dreams. 
7. Let go of what holds you back.
8. Amplify your intuition.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of  problems associated with pain and dysfunction.

Somato-emotional release is the release of suppressed emotion from the body tissue in response to intentional touch. It is generally a spontaneous result of the willingness of the body to trust and let go of held or bound up energy and will result in increased health.
Emotional Freedom Technique also known as "TAPPING" is a simple method of stimulating acupuncture meridians and communicating statements about a given stressor in order to reset the nervous system and release stress. 
Shamanism is an age old human form of communicating with the spirit world for the wellbeing of a person or community. Direct contact with nature in all it's forms gives us power, meaning and purpose. Many cultures historically had members of a community that acted as the healer/ wise woman-man/Shaman. There is a resurgence in modern western culture to adapt the basic premise of shamanism into our modern context, returning to our inner knowing and asking for assistance from the spirit world and the natural world.
Upledger Institute Certificate, Cathie Grindler , Advanced 3
chakra body
Cell Talk, Talking to Your Cell(f), John E. Upledger

Cathie has completed the following training and experiences:


  • Shamanic Journey to Ecuador with Pacha Mama Alliance-ceremonies with the Quechua and the Achuar people, Oct 2014

  • Imaginal Healing & Dreaming like an Egyptian, Robert Moss Shamanic Dream Workshop, Duval, Washington, Sept. 2014

  • Therapist at Integrative Intentions Center, Comprehensive Therapy Program, New Mexico, October 2013

  • Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 3, Upledger Institute, New Mexico, October 2013

  • Reiki Level 2, January, 2012

  • Reiki Level 1, Salt Spring Hospice, Jan. 2011

  • Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, Teaching Assistant, Vancouver,BC, June 2010

  • Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 2, Teaching Assistant, Jupiter Beach Florida, Oct. 2010

  • CranioSacral Therapy ,private practice, Salt Spring Island, June 2008-ongoing.

  • Bessie Dane Hospice Training & Volunteer, Salt Spring Island,2008-ongoing.

  • CranioSacral Therapy, private practice, Steveston , B.C. 2002 - 2008

  • Volunteer Therapist, Steveston  Residence, 2007-2008  

  • Weekly CST therapy with independent living clients with MS, Ataxia & Parkinson's.

  • Volunteer Craniosacral Therapist, BlueSky Healing Home, Special needs orphanage, Beijing, China, Sept. 2007 

  • Seniors Wellness Therapist-     Steveston Community Centre,  Minoru Seniors Centre,

  • Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 2000-2008

  • Chimo Crisis Line Richmond B.C. 2007

  • Advanced CranioSacral for Hard Heads I & II,lll with Judith Bradley, Vancouver,B.C., 2007,  2008, 2009.

  • Advanced Craniosacral Therapy II, Upledger Institute, Sunrise Ranch, Colorado, 2007

  • Preceptor-Advanced Craniosacral Therapy,  Vancouver, 2006 & 2007

  • Functional Anatomy, Langara College, Vancouver 2007

  • The Way of the Shaman, with Leslie Conton, Everson, Washington, Jan.2007

  • Teaching Assistant, Upledger Institute, multiple times,2002- present

  • Working Wonders, Changing Lives with CranioSacral Therapy, North Atlantic Books, case study "Happy Migraines" published 2005.

  • Heart Centered Therapy, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, 2005

  • Advanced CranioSacral Therapy, Kananaskis Ranch, Alberta, 2004

  • SomatoEmotional Release II, San Francisco, California, 2003

  • CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics, Vancouver, B.C., 2003

  • SomatoEmotional Release I, Edmonton, Alberta,  2002

  • Craniosacral Therapy II, Vancouver, B.C., 2002

  • CranioSacral Therapy I, Vancouver, B.C.,2002

  • Reflexology Association of Canada, certified,1998

  • Member, International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

shamanic art of Cathie Grindler


A session with Cathie is always a true path home to myself. Every session has me in either a puddle of tears or a fit of laughter (or both!) and I am always lighter after and ready to take on life again! She has a soft and loving presence that always creates a sense of safety for the deeper layers to unwind and can easily hold a strong space for big emotions to arise and settle. No session is ever alike as she follows the unique flow of energy one brings to the table each time and so diving into a session with Cathie is best to do without any expectations – Just a willingness to experience more of your true nature.

A truly gifter healer – Thank you Cathie for the beauty and joy we have experienced together!


- Samaya



Cathie is a wonderful healer. I had a relaxing and deeply insightful experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend her intuitive and gentle touch.


- Lisa



I’ll always remember the first time Cathie invited me to her yurt for a session of Craniosacral Therapy. In my lifetime I had lots of different treatments, but this was new and very exciting. Cathie’s gentle way had me relaxed the minute I stepped in the yurt and I trusted her completely. It was fascinating to experience how different parts of my body felt as she worked on me. So much energy was flowing and feelings of getting hot or cold were only the beginning of the many layers that she touched on.
I have had many treatments since my first visit and it never fails to amaze me that each time is unique and very rewarding.
Thank you so much Cathie for sharing your gift with me.


- Susanne



I have had many sessions with Cathie, and each one leaves me feeling a profound shift within which then usually gets reflected in my outer world. Cathie is fun, dynamic, wise, and deeply gifted in her work. I am so appreciative that I have access to such an amazing healer right in my very own community. 

Thank you Cathie.


- Julie



Cathies intuition and loving nature guides you through an emotional exploration of your inner self. Be prepared to discover a buffet of dormant thoughts and feelings that once experienced, will set you free from any mental, physical and emotional bondage. Cathie helps you realize your truest potential. Having a session with her is like having a deep emotional massage that is bound to leave you feeling empowered and liberated and prepared to face anything life brings you.

- Taz 

Cathie Grindler has exceptional intuitiveness, empathetic sense, and a gentleness of soul and manner.
I have seen Cathie over the past several years, as the need arises in my life. She has the ability to address problems on a level that makes changes permanently , by getting to the root of the issue. Not only that, she teaches you how to work on yourself with gentle and effective techniques.
A gifted and elite practitioner, with years of experiences, training, deep dedication,and fervor for her clients well-being.I am grateful for all the remarkable changes she has helped bring into my life!

- Samantha 

When I first came to Cathie for a treatment, I was expecting a calming, soothing head/foot massage that would help adjust my body gently and subtly and leave me feeling refreshed. What I received from the treatment was that, but also a million times more- it was literally life-changing.

Cathie intuitively supported me in releasing built-up “stories” , patterns, beliefs and energies that no longer served my highest good. This process allowed my natural energy to flow more smoothly, and powerful re-adjustments and re-alignment occurred. After my first treatment, I felt incredibly empowered, lighter, my thoughts were clearer and more focused, and I felt a feeling of freedom ripple through me. I noticed physical improvements including increased energy and flexibility.

Not long after my first treatment with Cathie, my family went through a traumatic experience. Cathie’s support through her treatments with myself, my daughters, and many of my extended friends and family was invaluable.

Cathie’s incredible services and loving offerings of healing and transformation allowed me to remain balanced through the most difficult times, so that I could be emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually strong presence for my family.

There is no doubt in my mind that Cathie is gifted in her skills; a gift to this planet. She is a powerful healer/facilitator who I would absolutely highly recommend to anyone, at any point along their journey. I feel blessed to have her in my life as a pillar of support and as an inspiration.

- Danica

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